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Newham Secures Landmark Agreement with Microsoft

28 January 2004

IT news service VNUnet reports today that Newham Council has negotiated favourable software licensing terms with Microsoft which it expects will lead to a £1 million saving on infrastructure costs per year.

The moves opens the possibility of other local authorities looking again at their contracts with a view to re-negotiation.

The Council has been pursuing the possibility of migrating to open source alternatives to Microsoft products, but had encountered difficulties finding open source support for its out-of-date email server and over the cost of necessary upgrades.

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